The Bilco Company announced that it now offers roof hatches that have received Miami-Dade County’s Notice of Acceptance (NOA). The NOA certifies that Bilco’s standard Type S and NB steel and aluminum roof hatches conform to high-velocity hurricane zone standards in Miami-Dade County in Florida. 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bilco Company announced that it now offers roof hatches that have received Miami-Dade County’s Notice of Acceptance (NOA). The NOA certifies that Bilco’s standard Type S and NB steel and aluminum roof hatches conform to high-velocity hurricane zone standards in Miami-Dade County in Florida.

When roof hatches were added to the Florida Building Code’s list of hurricane-resistant products in 2007, Bilco began working with Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office to help develop test protocols for hatches. These tests included high-pressure uplift and downdraft cycling, large missile impact and water intrusion. The company also evaluated laboratories capable of performing such tests.

“Many design professionals are interested in using approved hurricane-resistant roof hatches, which is why we initiated this certification,” said Carlos Utrera, Product Control Examiner for Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office. “We worked with Bilco to develop a checklist for general requirements based on the company’s experience with the product and its knowledge of a wide variety of installations.”

For more information, visit  www.miamidade.gov/buildingcode or www.bilco.com.